The SafetyNet project began as a final year Masters of Engineering project while Dan Watson was studying at Glasgow University. Having read about Scottish fishermen being detained in Norwegian waters due to throwing fish back into the sea, an illegal practice in Norway, it seemed that the fishermen had little choice as strict legislation was not backed by effective tools for lowering bycatch. Working with fishermen, scientists and regulators, Dan began to explore academic papers from as far back as 1970s, finding insights that had never been turned into technology solutions. These insights around light formed the basis of the first fish selectivity device, the Escape Ring.
Dan Watson is Founder and CEO. Having started out designing and building prototype devices, Dan's role is now split between this and business development, bid writing and generally keeping the company afloat. He works part-time on SafetyNet and part-time in the space industry, where he is Design Lead at the UK government's Satellite Applications Catapult. Although a lot has been achieved so far through part-time engagement, Dan recognises the need to spend more time on SafetyNet if it is to succeed in the way he wants it to. His academic qualifications include MEng (Glasgow University and Glasgow School of Art), MA (Royal College of Art, London) and MSc (Imperial College, London). He won the global James Dyson Award, was recognised as a Top 100 Briton in 2012 by the Guardian Newspaper and has pitched-to, and received funding from, Sir Richard Branson, beating 300 other candidates.
Aran Dasan is Chief Engineer. If it's electromechanical, Aran can almost certainly build it - if not immediately then he'll find out how. He has previously started a business around the provision of insects as food to the mass market, built flame-throwing devices for concerts and run a festival in a Spanish desert. He has also built the mechanical and control systems that enable a waterless toilet, the electronics for a landmine simulator for training purposes and, now, many devices for use in fishing gears. His academic qualifications include MEng (Cambridge University), MA (Royal College of Art, London), MSc (Imperial College, London). He has won several awards through the projects he's worked on, including the Braun Prize. He works on SafetyNet part time.
Kunal Nandi: Previously worked at Airbus, adept at mechanical design, electronic and mechanical assembly and project management. Kunal works on SafetyNet part time.
Mark Thompson: Very well versed in mechanical design, design for manufacture, product development and prototyping. Mark works on SafetyNet part time to fit around his other responsibilities.
George Addison: George is an intern at the Satellite Applications Catapult, and recently built the control system and electronics for a nano-satellite from scratch. He focuses on PCB design and electronics part-time for SafetyNet.
Niki Banados is SafetyNet's storyteller, working on everything from our logo to our website, helping people understand who we are and why we do what we do.
We are currently able to handle the project load and responsibilities presented by the projects in which we are involved. However, there is a strong desire to transition from part-time to full-time work as we could achieve so much more with the additional time. To this end, investment is being sought from a variety of different sources. Thus far, we've done a lot with a little, but it now feels like it's time to scale up.